It can be. If you're embedding povray in another program, or you're
running it in a loop (say, animation) where traces only take a few seconds.
Actually, the MoRay program invokes povray without the startup screen
(or at least only one start-up screen, leaving it run in the background,
maybe?) Consider looking at the GUI Extensions menu.
Darren New, San Diego CA USA (PST)
I am in geosynchronous orbit, supported by
a quantum photon exchange drive....